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In Case You Missed It

August Moving Ups

10 Moving Ups - 5 Appointments - 5 Promotions

Amazon promoted Rodney Armston, CFI to Senior Manager, Loss Prevention.
Gap Inc. assigned new responsibilities to Bryan O'Brien as Vice President of Loss Prevention - Banana Republic, Athleta & Intermix.
bebe Stores, inc promoted Lani Lautoa to Corporate Loss Prevention & Fraud Manager.
CarMax promoted Angela Bisland, CFI to Divisional Director of Loss Prevention.
Hallmark Retail named Art Silva IT Business Services Director.
HSN promoted Brodrick Williams to Vice President Loss Prevention and Fraud.
John Lewis promoted Mark Crowley to Head of Profit Protection.
Starbucks named LeeRoy Hegwood Senior Manager of Partner and Asset Protection.
Toys R Us named Louie Liang Manager of Global Resource Center Investigations.
Walmart named Sean Galli, LPC Senior Environmental Compliance Manager.


Wal-Mart to Cut 7,000 Back-Office Store Jobs
Positions to be eliminated often belong to some of the highest paid hourly workers in stores

Wal-Mrt plans to cut thousands of back office positions around the country, a sign that the retailer's effort to make its cavernous stores more efficient is also changing the face of its workforce.

The country's largest private employer is eliminating about 7,000 U.S. store accounting and invoicing positions over the next several months, jobs mostly held by long-term employees, often some of the highest paid hourly workers in stores. The retailer wants those employees working with shoppers, not in backrooms, say company executives. Centralizing or automating much of those tasks is more efficient, they say.

The jobs are coveted as a rare desk job in retail. "You are not running around the store on your feet all day," and receive decent pay, says a Wal-Mart store accounting employee who earns about $13 an hour, or $27,000 a year. "Everybody wants to get in there. The jobs never open up," says this person, who has worked at the store for nine years.

The back office cuts to Wal-Mart's 4,600 U.S. stores is a sign that retail workers-one of the largest employee cohorts in America-face big changes as their employers spend heavily to compete with Amazon and grab foot traffic from other chains.

The positions Wal-Mart is eliminating manage an individual store's daily cash flow or processes claims from manufacturers delivering goods directly to stores, among other tasks. Starting early next year, much of that work will be handled by a central office or new money-counting "cash recycler" machines in stores. Wal-Mart tested the change in about 500 stores earlier this year.

The company believes most displaced employees will find customer-facing roles, says Deisha Barnett, a Wal-Mart spokeswoman. "We've seen many make smooth transitions during the pilot," she said. Their current wage level isn't guaranteed, she said. wsj.com

Chipotle wage-theft case may be the tip of the iceberg
Chipotle class-action wage-theft suit should be wake-call for retailers, restaurants

This week, 10,000 current and former Chipotle employees filed a class-action lawsuit claiming back wages, working off the clock and various labor violations. The suit should finally be the wake-up call necessary to get c-suite executives at restaurant, retail, hotel & lodging, convenience stores and other labor-intensive industries to take the issue seriously because the Chipotle case may be the tip of the iceberg.

Attorney general offices across the country have been beefing up their wage & hour compliance divisions to pursue wide-ranging wage theft investigations. Some of those offices have entered into agreements with private plaintiffs attorneys to pursue even more cases. And unions like nothing more than to see these types of headlines in the papers. chainstoreage.com

Kicking Fakes to the Curb
Deckers Brands has seized over 2.2 million counterfeit products before the goods entered the market, taken legal action against more than 60,000 websites selling counterfeit products and removed over 590,000 counterfeit listings on websites such as Taobao and eBay.

Lisa Bereda, assistant general counsel at UGG. "We're constantly battling counterfeiters on multiple fronts."
We're continuing to expand our anti-counterfeit efforts to address both the supply side and the demand side of the problem," Bereda says. "We have both overt and covert security measures in place, and the processes are core to what the brand stands for."

On the supply side the countereffort is global, with investigations and raids taking place all over the world. In the last 10 years counterfeiters migrated online to e-commerce websites; more recently, they've taken to social media.

UGG's demand side efforts include extensive educational outreach on the brand's website and ongoing customer interaction using social media. "One of the best ways to fight counterfeiters is to fight the demand for their goods," Bereda says. nrf.com

Customs in $4.3M Bust of Fake Ferragamo Footwear
Federal authorities said Wednesday they seized a shipment of counterfeit Salvatore Ferragamo shoes with an estimated value of $4.3 million.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials in conjunction with staff from the agency's Center of Excellence and Expertise seized 7,800 pairs of bogus Ferragamo shoes at the Los Angeles-Long Beach port complex.

Ferragamo has its own extensive anticounterfeiting strategy and has expanded the scope of its monitoring in China and on the web. Last year, the company said it intercepted or blocked 91,000 online advertisements for counterfeit products and recovered or canceled 140 domain names and illegal web sites, primarily managed by Chinese individuals.

The company also started embedding microchips in its women's shoes with its pre-fall 2014 collection to help the luxury brand track products and guarantee their authenticity. The brand started inserting microchips in its men's shoes with the cruise 2015 collection and in women's small leather goods, luggage and bands with the fall 2015 collection.

In the U.S., federal authorities seized $1.35 billion in counterfeit and manufactured goods imported into the U.S., based on an estimated manufacturer's suggested retail price of the goods, in fiscal year 2015.

China remained the primary source economy for counterfeit and pirated goods seized, accounting for an estimated MSRP value of $697 million, or 52 percent of the estimated MSRP value of all IPR seizures. Bogus apparel and accessories, along with watches and jewelry, were the top-two product categories seized. wwd.com

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police say Armed Robberies Up 28%
Disturbing Trend Nationwide?

CMPD said also troubling is the fact that these stores were two of five local stores hit by an armed thief in just one day. In addition to the Value Village Department Store and Family Dollar, convenience stores on South Kings Street, North Graham Street and North Tryon Street were robbed.

Police don't believe all of the cases are related, but say they're part of a growing trend in Charlotte. Numbers show armed robberies were up nearly 28 percent in the first half of this year when compared to 2015.

When asked what's behind the increase, CMPD said it's a crime of opportunity.  wsoctv.com

Task force tracks credit card fraud in real time in Birmingham
The Jefferson County Financial Crimes Task Force has entered a unique partnership with the Regions Bank's Card Monitoring Group to crack down on often out-of-town crime organizations stealing credit card numbers throughout the Birmingham metro.

"We definitely see activity and get that to the task force as soon as possible," said Brad Hitson, Fraud Prevention Manager for Regions Bank.

"They're hitting local gas pumps and putting card readers inside of the pumps that can't be seen by the customer or gas station employees and then they retrieve those devices and have enough information to duplicate the cards," Hitson explained.

Where Regions helps the task force is when these groups begin using the duplicated cards, buying large numbers of gift cards, or "cash equivalents."

By tracking those transactions, Regions can lead the task force to the credit card thieves sometimes within minutes of a purchase. "That happens often," Hitson said. wbrc.com

Ex-Duane Reade CEO To Pay $6.2M To Cover Legal Fees
A New York federal judge on Tuesday lowered the restitution rate for the former CEO of Duane Reade Inc. from $7.6 million to $6.2 million to cover legal fees for the company, after the Second Circuit last year said the initial amount was too high.

Anthony Cuti in 2010 was found guilty in a securities fraud case and ordered to pay $7.6 million in restitution to Duane Reade Oak Hill Capital Management Partners LP, a private equity firm that bought Duane Reade for $702 million in 2004.

A jury convicted Cuti in June 2010 of conspiracy to make false statements and securities fraud. Prosecutors said he was involved in a plot with ex-CEO William Tennant to inflate the chain's apparent income by recording phony real estate earnings, which allowed the executives to profit enormously when Oak Hill took the company private in 2004. He was sentenced to 36 months in prison, and the court initially ordered $7.6 million in restitution to be paid to Duane Reade Inc. and Oak Hill for legal fees. law360.com

PC Richard Hit With NJ Class Action Over Card Receipts
P.C. Richard has been slapped with a putative class action in New Jersey state court over claims that the company exposed its customers to identity theft by printing credit or debit card expiration dates on sales receipts, alleging the business continued to break the law after being sued on similar grounds last year in New York.  law360.com

Sports Authority's Exec Bonuses Approved In Del. Court
A Delaware bankruptcy judge approved a bonus program for three Sports Authority executives Wednesday, paving the way for them to earn a total of up to $1.4 million if they meet certain goals during the wind-down of the sporting goods company's operations. law360.com

Gap's Distribution-Center fire could bring Holiday Headaches
A fire at the retailer's distribution center in Fishkill, New York, may create a "meaningful bottleneck" for the company, according to Wells Fargo & Co. analyst Ike Boruchow. With the holidays just a few months away, that could disrupt Gap's critical selling season, he said.

No one was hurt in the blaze, which struck Monday, according to Debbie Felix, a spokeswoman for the company. An investigation is under way, she said. Until Gap can assess the extent of the damage, it's relying on its other distribution centers, like those in Ohio and Tennessee, to fulfill orders, she said.

The blaze brings another setback to a company struggling to reignite growth at all three of its major chains. Same-store sales fell 3 percent at Gap last quarter and dropped 9 percent at Banana Republic. Old Navy was flat in the period.

The Fishkill center supplied the high-volume Northeast region and represented about 10 percent of total distribution space, according to Boruchow. chicagotribune.com

Broadway's Coming to a Mall Near You!
Westfield Corp. Hires A Top Broadway Producer

Westfield Corp., the Australian shopping-center company with 35 malls including lower Manhattan's Westfield World Trade Center, has tapped Broadway producer Scott Sanders to lead its entertainment offerings.

Mr. Sanders, who won a Tony Award this year with his revival of "The Color Purple," will have the official title of creative head of global entertainment. And the role will include thinking broadly about performances to create "unique and spectacular events," he said, possibly including music, dance, food and fashion.

The new role comes as brick-and-mortar retailers are scrambling to create new reasons for consumers to shop in stores instead of online.  They are not only competing against other retail property owners," said Mr. Hunter. "They are also competing against e-commerce for the attention and spending dollars of consumers."

The intent is to shoot for more unusual concepts, including overhead stage platforms and immersive theater, in the style of "Here Lies love," the rock musical created by David Byrne and Fatboy Slim. Editors Note: Brilliant Move and about time Malls need to be transformed like yesterday. If it works expect the others to follow suit. The long term issue then will be the increased security issues and risk. As successful entertainment gatherings draw crowds around given specified events and security is always a major concern. wsj.com

TycoIS partnering with EyeLock to enhance biometric offerings
Tyco Integrated Security, a national security systems integrator based here, will partner with EyeLock LLC, a market leader of iris-based identity authentication solutions, to offer iris identity authentication technology to its customers.  securitysystemsnews.com

Food Lion warns that the online $90 anniversary coupon is a fake

August Same Store Sales Results
L Brands up 2% (includes e-commerce), total sales up 3%
     Victoria's Secret flat
     Bath & Body up 7%
The Buckle down 14%

Quarterly Same Store Sales Results
Canada's Dollarama Q2 comp's up 5.7%, sales up 11.6%
Shoe Carnival Q2 comp's up 0.5%, sales up slightly
Lands End Q2 comp's down 2.5%,
J Crew Q2 comp's down 8%, sales down 4%

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Whaling Scam Pays Off - $44 Million
Your Never to Big To Get Hit

Leoni AG, Europe's biggest manufacturer of wires and electrical cables and the fourth-largest vendor in the world, announced it lost 40 million euros ($44.6 million) following an online scam that tricked one of its financial officers into transferring funds to the wrong bank account. A subsequent investigation revealed that attackers had scouted the company's network and procedures, and identified a weak spot to attack. According to authorities, a young woman working as CFO at Leoni's Bistrita factory in Romania was the target of the scam, when she received an email spoofed to look like it came from one of the company's top German executives asking her to transfer funds to a bank account. According to unconfirmed information, the money stolen from Leoni's Bistrita branch ended up in bank accounts in the Czech Republic. The FBI says this type of attack is known as CEO fraud, whaling, or BEC (Business Email Compromise), and has defrauded companies around the world of over $3 billion since October 2013. slashdot.org

How to Mitigate the Threat of Ransomware
All too often, companies' focus after being victimized by a ransomware attack is on the ransom paid, which is generally the most trivial outcome of the incident. From the perspective of a CFO, what goes unaccounted for in any meaningful way is the lost productivity, lost profits, harm to business reputation, cost of reconstructing data, and other damages that flow from these attacks.

While state and federal laws may require breaches of privacy to be reported, that's not the case with ransomware attacks. As such, a significant number go completely unreported and unpublicized, so the true extent of the damages caused remains a mystery. In some cases the ransomware attack is just one prong in a multi-pronged attack on an organization's infrastructure, making it almost impossible for even the victim company to determine the specific impact of the ransomware. cfo.com

Realizing the benefits of Big Data begins with a specific objective
Retailers and marketers are looking to data as the new currency for their businesses. But despite millions of dollars in investments, most say they are not seeing the ROI they hoped for. The columnists cite Amazon, Heineken and Buzzfeed as companies that have set specific objectives for the use of Big Data in order to more successfully reap benefits. hbr.org

No Injury No Claim - Come Back Later 
Zappos 2012 Data Breach MDL Dismissal Gets Second Look

Thirteen shoppers failed to allege instances of actual fraud or identity theft but the Judge ruled if they do, they can come back if they suffer actual injury from the data breach. law360.com

Top tools for preventing data leaks
Most security tools are focused on keeping external attackers at bay. But what about the sensitive data that lives inside your network? How do you make sure it doesn't get out, either intentionally or by accident?

That's where Data Loss Prevention (DLP) comes into play. DLP tools are designed to block protected data from being shared in various ways, everything from e-mail attachments to printing to even screen captures. DLP can protect core network stores as well as connected endpoints which might have confidential information.

We looked at DLP solutions from Comodo, Digital Guardian and Forcepoint. Symantec was invited to participate, but declined.  csoonline.com

Kimpton Hotels and restaurants payment terminals hacked
Kimpton Hotels on Wednesday formally acknowledged that malware found on payment terminals in many of its hotels and restaurants may have compromised credit/debit cards of guests who patronized the properties in the first half of this year.

Kimpton has posted a list of more than 60 restaurants and hotels where the company found and removed card-stealing malicious software from payment terminals.  krebsonsecuity.com


Axis and Canon announce change of global sales and marketing framework for network video portfolio

Axis Communications and Canon, Inc. announced today an agreement under which the two companies would change their sales and marketing efforts in major regional markets worldwide. In Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) and North America, Axis will assume responsibility for the marketing and sales of Canon's entire network video product portfolio, starting in EMEA on September 1 and in North America on October 1.

"The network video surveillance market continues to show great potential. As a leader in the industry, Axis is in an excellent position to include the sales of Canon network video products to our broad portfolio of products and solutions in EMEA and North America," said Fredrik Nilsson, VP, Americas, Axis Communications, Inc. "These changes show Canon's strong commitment to build a long term presence for Axis on the market."

Since Axis became a part of the Canon Group in 2015, both companies have discussed various options for leveraging their network video product and solution offerings. This new sales and marketing framework provides an effective means of maximizing the synergies of the Canon-Axis combination.

In the Japanese market Canon (Canon Marketing Japan) will continue to sell Canon's network video product portfolio and will in addition become a partner for Axis to sell the Axis product portfolio. This will be in addition to Axis' existing partner network. As for the rest of the Asia-Pacific region, options for the handling of Canon's network video product and solution portfolio are still being explored.

Under the new framework, Canon partners and customers will benefit from Axis's marketing, sales and technical expertise and will have access to a wider range of products and solutions from the leading company in the network video market.



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VISA chargeback and dispute rules for ecommerce merchants - revised
Visa has revised their chargeback and dispute rules and we wanted you to be aware of those changes and the new types of compelling evidence that Visa will be accepting in regards to certain disputes.

The Visa chargeback reason codes that this impacts are:

30 - Services Not Provided or Merchandise Not Received
53 - Not As Described or Defective Merchandise
81 - Fraud - Card Present Environment
83 - Fraud - Card Not Present Environment

Most of the changes revolve around purchases made in ecommerce transactions, both for merchandise, services and digital goods.

For digital goods, Visa has expanded the types of proof a merchant can submit that verify the transaction did occur. These include, but are not limited to, offering the purchaser IP address and location at the time of the transaction download, their name and email address linked to the customer profile on record with the merchant, proof that the merchant's website was accessed by the cardholder for goods or services on or after the transaction date as well as evidence that the device and card used in the disputed transaction were the same as in any previous, undisputed transactions. sys-con.com

For drones, it's railroads before e-commerce
Before some cutting-edge online retailer can use a drone to drop granola bars on your doorstep, a railroad born when Abe Lincoln was in Congress will first have to iron out the kinks.

BNSF Railway Co. is flying drones as far as 150 miles (240 kilometers) along the New Mexico desert to inspect tracks, helping the Federal Aviation Administration develop rules for operating unmanned aircraft beyond the pilot's line of sight. That's an essential step for expanding use to such commercial endeavors as e-commerce deliveries by Amazon.com Inc. and other companies. internetretailer.com

Alibaba Failing to Deliver in Fight Against Fakes, Say Brands
Brands are growing increasingly impatient over what they say are rampant sales of counterfeit goods
As a U.S. trade agency considers whether to add Alibaba to a list of marketplaces notorious for selling counterfeits, nearly a dozen trade groups are complaining that the Chinese e-commerce giant is not doing enough to root out fakes.

In a letter sent to Alibaba late last month, trade groups including the Union des Fabricants, the French Federation of Leather Goods and the Federation of the Swiss Watch Industry said that while Alibaba has taken "a great number of concrete steps" in its attempt to address the fakes, it has failed to deliver on many promises that could permanently reduce the volume of counterfeits on its platforms.

For instance, Alibaba's software doesn't detect images of fake products that are blurred, even though the e-commerce company has said that such images violate its rules, the groups wrote.

Separately, the American Apparel & Footwear Association, a U.S. trade group that represents more than 1,000 brands, said on Thursday that it had "seen no evidence of improvement. Taobao [Alibaba's largest platform] is still flooded with counterfeits while the takedown procedures remain as complicated and burdensome as ever."  wsj.com

Under Armour will build a mega-sized distribution center for online orders

Five busted for stealing $32,000 of merchandise from Bealls over several months
Five people were arrested Tuesday for stealing $13,000 in merchandise from Bealls over a period of time, Laredo police said. A store manager stated that one of the employees had been stealing from the store since early May. The manager alleged Angel Perez, 23, would have several items at the checkout counter but would only charge one small item while he gave the rest to a friend, according to police. Surveillance footage from the store allegedly captured the moment when Perez sold items to an individual, LPD said. Each was charged with theft and engaging in organized criminal activity. lmtonline.com

Greenwood, IN: Best Buy employee arrested for theft of $11,000 of merchandise
Police responded to Best Buy at 12:40 p.m. Tuesday to a report of theft. An employee stole more than $11,000 in merchandise. dailyjournal.com

Police: Phoenix Woman accused of 16 thefts at Target stores in 5 Valley cities over 34 days
Court records show that from July 19 to August 22, 29-year-old Molly Johanna Keller stole over $4,000 worth of products from various Target stores around the Valley.

Police report that in cooperation with Target investigators, they used store and pawn shop surveillance video to tie Keller to 16 thefts of Target stores in Mesa, Glendale, Phoenix, Gilbert and Scottsdale. Keller would typically take Polaroid printers, computer hard drives, modems and Apple TV receivers and bring them to various pawn shops to sell, still unopened. Police say the total value of the items taken was just over $4,098.34. abc15.com

Durham, NC: Man wanted for selling Counterfeit Goods, charged with Organized Retail Theft
Durham police are trying to locate 39-year-old Robby Harris Ertimi who is wanted on numerous charges involving the sale of counterfeit clothing and other goods. The charges are the result of an organized retail theft investigation involving the Durham, Raleigh and Cary Police departments. heraldsun.com

Hammond, IN: Police seeking id of Lowe's $1,200 shoplifter
Local law enforcers are asking for the public's help in identifying a man wanted for theft of merchandise at a home improvement store. Shortly after 7 p.m. Aug. 19, a man was captured on video surveillance leaving the Lowe's Home Improvement store in Hammond with a proximately $1,200 of unpurchased merchandise. hammondstar.com

Slidell, LA: Dillards shoplifters interrupt detective's lunch; $1,200 in merchandise recovered
Three suspected shoplifters were at the wrong place at the wrong time Tuesday afternoon. A detective was on his lunch break and said he became suspicious when he saw several people running out of the Dillards in Slidell. He said the group jumped into car and left quickly. Deputies said the three suspects had just stolen more than $1,200 worth of merchandise from the store. After a short chase all 3 suspect were arrested. wwltv.com

Pana, IL: Two Walmart thieves in custody using Fire Exit
Pana PD says the two subjects who are allegedly responsible for entering a Pana Walmart on Monday and removing numerous items through an emergency exit door are now in custody. Taylorville police found stolen items in their apartment and their car. foxillinois.com

Ft Wayne, IN: Kohl's shoplifter caught twice this summer

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Shootings and Deaths

Port Arthur, TX: Security Guard Indicted in Death of Woman Shot at Convenience Store
A Jefferson County grand jury has indicted a former security guard for criminally negligent homicide in the shooting death of Shalala Fletcher. Michael Turner, 67, is accused of shooting at a car to stop a theft at the Express Mart on July 2. One of the bullets went through the car, killing Fletcher.

The shooting began when two men entered the store, grabbed several cases of beer and left to a parked car where Fletcher was a passenger. Turner had pulled up in his vehicle and in seeing the alleged beer thieves inside, attempted to box them in their parking space. "Turner, a security guard, drew his 9mm handgun and fired multiple shots at the fleeing vehicle in an attempt to shoot out the tires," the press release read. "One tire was hit and a bullet entered the vehicle and struck Fletcher in the back." Turner fired 11 rounds at the vehicle. panews.com

San Antonio, TX: Police make arrest in violent Robbery spree, Quick Stop employee murdered
Police have arrested a man involved in a violent crime spree through the north side and he now faces a capital murder charge for shooting and killing a convenience store employee. Police said that they found Ralph Torres was walking with a female's purse and that they ended up finding a gun on him as well. It's not clear if it's the same gun used to kill the man in that deadly convenience store shooting. In an arrest warrant, investigators say that Torres is responsible for at least five robberies near I-10 and Hildebrand on Monday night. All of those robberies happened in the span of less than an hour. The most tragic robbery ended in the death of 61-year-old Makansinh Udavat. He and his wife were working at a Quick Stop as Torres was trying to enter and the couple was closing. kens5.com

Los Angeles, CA: LAPD still looking for suspect in fatal shooting of woman outside Harbor City Pep Boys

LAPD detectives have released surveillance photos of a suspect wanted in a fatal shooting outside an auto parts store last month. This man with his face covered is thought to be a suspect in the killing of a woman working at a barbeque stand outside a Pep Boys store in Harbor City. Jennifer Dickerson was caught in a spray of gunfire outside the store last July 29th. She died and another man was wounded. Police say Dickerson was not targeted, but was at the wrong place at the wrong time. foxla.com

Durban, South Africa: One man injured in shootout at Pavilion Shopping Centre
One man was shot and injured in a gun battle in the open parking lot at the Pavilion shopping centre on Wednesday. Witnesses said the man - who was in a stable condition after the incident. He was shot in the lower back by several masked, armed robbers as they made off with his cash at about 2.30pm. Police said during the incident a man accompanying the victim allegedly fired at the assailants, who then retaliated. iol.co.za

Chicago: Fleeing shoplifter dies a week after running onto I-57 to escape Police
A man who ran onto Interstate 57 while being pursued by Chicago police died Wednesday, almost a week after he was injured when he fell under a semitruck that he tried to hitch a ride on, authorities said. Police confirmed that officers were in pursuit of the man on foot about 8:30 a.m. last Thursday in connection with a retail theft when he jumped onto the interstate near 119th Street. chicagotribune.com

Robberies and Thefts

Miami Cuban sentenced for $1.5M cigarette heist from Ky. warehouse
A Miami resident from Cuba, was sentenced this week in United States District Court by Chief Judge Joseph H. McKinley Jr., to 77 months in prison and ordered to pay restitution of $1,486,164.45 - for conspiracy and theft charges stemming from the defendant's participation in a warehouse burglary in Leitchfield, Kentucky.

Amuary Villa, 41, admitted to his role in stealing nearly $1.5 million in cigarettes from the Coremark Cigarette Warehouse in Leitchfield, Kentucky, in March 2011, and that he and others possessed the stolen cigarettes.

During the theft, Villa and his co-conspirators gained entry into the warehouse through the roof, disabled the alarm system, and loaded the stolen goods into a stolen tractor trailer. pioneernews.net

Baltimore, MD: FBI, ATF seek info on Armed Robbers of gun store

The Baltimore field offices of the FBI and ATF are teaming to catch two men involved in an armed robbery of a licensed gun store earlier this month. They released video of the robbery of Blue Fins Bait, Tackle, and Guns located at 701 Wise Avenue in Dundalk. The incident occurred on Aug. 5 around 7:30 p.m. when four men entered the shop and stole guns and money. A fifth man served as a lookout and driver. No one was injured in the robbery attempt. guns.com

Canyon Country 3rd-Strike Gang Banger 'Spanked' with 47 to Life for Theft, Fight

Waxahachie, TX: Eighth arrest made in Shooters Edge gun store burglary

Denver, CO: United Airlines Employee Allegedly Steals $130K in Jewelry From Passenger

Credit Card/Check Fraud

Caney, OK: Two men arrested for ID and Credit Card Fraud; 25 fake id's, 28 fake credit cards seized
Officers say they didn't find drugs in the car, but instead twenty-five fake driver's licenses, twenty-eight fake credit cards and four fake U.S. passports.

Investigators believe the men drove around the country in a rental car, used stolen identities to buy pricey items then shipped the stuff back home to New York and Massachusetts. Candy PD has asked the FBI and other agencies to help them with the investigation. kxii.com

Utica, NY: Yorkville man charged with Credit Card fraud; hitting stores in Utica and New Hartford
Frank Johnson was charged with misdemeanor petit larceny, felony fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, felony second-degree forgery and felony first-degree identity theft. In January, the victim reported numerous unauthorized credit card transactions that occurred at several different stores in the Utica and New Hartford area. uticaod.com

La Plata County, CO: Five arrested in Felony Check Forgery Ring
Last week, five suspects were arrested and charged with theft, identity theft, forgery and possession of forgery devices, all felony charges. On Aug. 13, employees at the First National Bank at Albertsons on Camino del Rio reported to police that several checks had been cashed within 48 hours by the same individual for amounts ranging from $3,000 to $12,000. durangoherald.com

Rutland City, VT: Man Suspected of Credit Card Fraud of Over $10,000


Skimming Gang Duo arrested in Torrance for ATM skimming
Two men suspected of attaching skimming devices at ATMs in Burbank and elsewhere in Los Angeles County were arrested by police officers waiting for them outside a Torrance bank where a skimmer had been installed, police said Wednesday.  dailybreeze.com


Long Beach, CA: $4.3 Million in Counterfeit Designer Shoes Seized at LA-Long Beach Ports
In late July, customs agents at the Los Angeles-Long Beach ports drew upon this very ideal, confiscating thousands of counterfeit Ferragamo designer shoes that would have had an estimated retail value of nearly $4.3 million, if genuine, authorities announced today. Officials seized 7,800 pairs of shoes from two separate shipments originating in China on Wednesday, July 20, said the U.S. Customs and Border Protection's (CBP) Jaime Ruiz. lbpost.com


St Louis, MO: Shoplifter caught, comes back attempting to burn down the gas station
A man in St. Louis was arrested this week after attempting to burn down a gas station over a bag of Flamin' Hot Cheetos. Joshua Lee Crook walked into a local store and picked up a bag of the Cheetos. The manager recognized him as someone who has stolen from the store in the past, "told him to put the bag down if he wasn't going to pay for it." Moments later he returned to the store and grabbed the bag again. The store manager confronted him again, and Crook allegedly punched him in the face. He walked out of the store and once outside, he grabbed a nozzle for gasoline and threw it onto the ground. Gasoline began to pour from the pump, and Crook threw a lit cigarette onto the ground. No fire started. stltoday.com

Missoula, MT: Food Bank targeted in arson string

BP - Warrensville, OH - Robbery
Circle K - Baton Rouge, LA - Armed Robbery
Corner Store - Newburgh, NY - Burglary
Cricket Wireless - Louisville, KY - Armed Robbery
CVS - Muncie, IN - Robbery
Feed Store - Faulkner County, AR - Burglary
Kwik Stop - Topeka, KS - Armed Robbery
Mapco - Ringgold, GA - Armed Robbery
Metro PCS - Newport News, VA - Armed Robbery
Miller Mart - Newport News, VA - Armed Robbery
New Sat Liquor - Waterloo, IA - Armed Robbery
Pep Boys - Los Angeles, CA - Shooting/ 1 killed
Sam's Dollar Saver - Wichita Fall, TX - Burglary
Sharon Jewelry - Sharon, MA - Burglary
Sprint - Roseville, MI - Robbery
UnLock - Miami, Fl- Burglary
Verizon - Mesa, AZ - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - Clinton Township, MI - Armed Robbery

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Director of Loss Prevention
Rocky Mount, NC

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Head of Loss Prevention, Supply Chain & eCommerce
Vancouver, BC, Canada
As the Head of Loss Prevention, Supply Chain & eCommerce, you will have the opportunity to create, manage and improve loss within Supply Chain and eCommerce and help drive the bottom line of our business...


Regional Loss Prevention Manager, Distribution Network
Naperville, IL

• Maintain internal investigations as directed by leadership.
• Ensure execution and compliance of all global Loss Prevention initiatives/shortage reduction programs.
• Heighten and maintain a consistent level of Loss Prevention awareness throughout the network...


Regional Asset Protection Manager (Field)
Norcross, GA

Responsible for planning, developing and executing a comprehensive Asset Protection Program for a single business unit within HDS tailored to unique business needs. Define success across the unit in theft and fraud / operational loss prevention. Drive a program to protect the assets of the business...

Loss Prevention Specialist
Greencastle, IN

The Loss Prevention Specialist has thorough knowledge of Ascena Retail Group, Inc. security, life safety, and operational procedures. Performs duties as a floor officer and acts as a deterrent to theft and providing life safety...

AP Safety Specialist
Miami, FL
The safety specialist, asset protection, will oversee safety practices within an assigned group of stores. This position will execute the safety program designed to minimize associate and customer accidents...

Senior Manager Region Asset Protection
Columbia, SC
The Sr. Manager, region asset protection, is responsible for providing oversight in the protection of company assets and executing asset protection programs designed to minimize inventory shrink, workers compensation claims, general liability claims, bad checks and cash losses within an assigned region. This leader will direct and supervise a team of asset protection professionals and will have complete responsibility for managing investigations and auditing programs to ensure effectiveness and departmental compliance...

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